Sixty people are saved after being compelled to leap to the sea when their tour boat spectacularly caught fire in New Zealand off Whakatane.
Only three individuals were taken to hospital, suffering harms and smoke inhalation from their jump to the water, on Monday following the remarkable rescue scenes afternoon.
The three, a 47-year old South Australian girl, and two Ohope locals, a 36-year old guy and 23-year old girl, were in Whakatane Hospital with minor injuries on Monday evening and could be published shortly.
Other business boats were involved in the saving. Authorities say the answer of local operators certainly saved the lives of these on board.
The boat was carrying 53 passengers and seven crew, the Whakatane Coastguard said.
“Four big boats and Coastguard were present in the scene rapidly.”
All passengers and carried to a triage center on Whakatane Wharf and crew were saved in the ocean.
A chopper carried a sweep of the water out to support the passenger manifest demonstrated everyone had been accounted for as well as everyone had been saved.
White Island Tours was unavailable for immediate opinion.